Dedication plaques ripped off from local parks
CREATED Mar. 14, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Parks are for playing and having fun, but someone is taking advantage of these public spaces and ripping off memorial plaques that should be on display.
"I didn't know about it and now I'm really really upset about it," mom Eftychia Agapiou said. "You know they cost money and they dedicate that in memory of their loved one."
Agapiou said this is the first time she's seen plaque go missing at Laurel Wood Park, but it's not just the one because the plaque on the other side of the park is gone too. It's a rash of theft happening across the county.
"It's dark here at night," Jodie Evans, who walks her dog at the park, said. "Maybe a little more light and a little more security -- things like that wouldn't happen."
The county said the metal plaques, made of bronze or brass, are worth more than $500 each. That's taxpayer money now in the hands of thieves.
People who come to the parks said it's a target for vandalism, but they've never seen anything this bold.
It gets worse. The county said the vandals have hit at least seven other parks stealing a total of eight plaques including the dedication at Charlie Frias Park.
"It's unfortunate that if something isn't glued down or hammered down, they're going to take them and it's a shame," Linda Baracale, who walks her dog at the park, said.
But the plaques were glued down and screwed in. That didn't prevent thieves from prying off the metal slab and leaving the residue behind.
"The man who this park was named after was a war hero and he's done a lot for the city," park goer Jeff Yedlicka said. "Maybe the people who are doing that need to know that."
If you have any information about who may have taken the plaques call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. The county doesn't have plans to replace plaques just yet in case the plaques turn up.